The Appellate Pro Bono Program seeks pro bono attorneys to help pro se litigants for cases before the NC Court of Appeals or the NC Supreme Court that meet the following requirements:
(1) The appeal involves one or more pro se litigants who would qualify for in forma pauperis status, as set out in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-288, regardless of whether the litigant has applied for in forma pauperis status;
(2) The appeal presents at least one non-frivolous issue; and
(3) The pro se litigant consents to be represented by a pro bono attorney and an attorney, chosen from a list maintained by the NCBA’s Appellate Practice Section, consents to represent the litigant free of charge.
The Program will be coordinated by the Pro Bono Committee of the N.C. Court of Appeals, which will consist of Court of Appeals judges selected by the Court, and by the NCBA’s Appellate Practice Section and its Pro Bono Committee.
To participate in this program, attorneys will need to attend a CLE training relevant to the volunteer opportunity. The inaugural CLE was held on April 13, 2018 at the NC Court of Appeals. Videos from this training are available here. To participate in the program, an attorney must certify that he or she has attended the live training program or has viewed the videos available online.
This program is a collaboration among the NC Court of Appeals, the NC Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, and the NC Pro Bono Resource Center.